Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 08/27/2013


Photo taken on July  5, 2008


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Hungry Bill's Gate

Hungry Bill's Gate
Hungry Bill was a Death Valley Shoshone Indian kid who spied on the original Forty Niners waiting for help in their desperation camp. Then he lived on to ripe old age, well into the twentieth century. For his services as a scout in the Modoc Wars, he was given title to an amazing little abandoned fruit and vegetable ranch high in one of the remote Death Valley canyons.

Before Bill acquired it, the ranch, with terraced vegetable beds and a large variety of fruit trees, had been developed to supply produce to the big silver camp at Panamint City. That was in the 1870s. If you hike in to Hungry Bill's today you will still find a couple of 150 year old apple trees, valiantly producing small apples in this harsh terrain.

At least part of the gate is as old as the apple trees. It falls down pretty regularly and is regularly restored by the National Park Service.

Philippe Girault, tiabunna, Peter Van Der Houwen have particularly liked this photo


6 comments - The latest ones
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
I wonder if that was to keep cattle in or burros out?
5 years ago.
~Roxanne~
~Roxanne~
That is a most interesting gate!
5 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Marvelous photograph!
5 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
What can be improvised with local materials, though I'd have thought it hard to find the trees there.
5 years ago.
Meadowmom has replied to tiabunna
Pinyon Pines, above 5000 ft.
5 years ago.
Philippe Girault
Philippe Girault
J'aime le graphisme
5 years ago.